Italy on Friday reported 570 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 18,849 – the highest worldwide – as both deaths and active infections rates decelerate.

The slowdown in the curve of contagions is confirmed, supporting hopes that the outbreak has reached a plateau and may start a downward phase soon. 

Current infections grew 1.4% from Thursday to 98,273 – less than the previous day, when the rise was at 1.7%. The number of recovered people continue to climb to 30,455, while the number of intensive care patients dropped for the seventh consecutive

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